A NEW hearing centre in Salisbury has opened with an official blessing by a Church of England chaplain.

The Amplifon branch was officially opened yesterday (Wednesday) by Canon Chris Savage who encouraged visitors to take a short hearing test designed to act as a first indicator of hearing loss.

Canon Savage said: “It’s easy to take a hearing test. Most of us wouldn’t think twice about getting our eyes tested and we really need to look after our ears in the same way.”

Amplifon, which helps customers in more than 20 countries and has 8,600 hearing centres worldwide, has relocated from Endless Street to High Street.

Audiologist Debbie Risbey said: “We were delighted the Canon was able to join us for the opening.

“People often delay getting their hearing checked for up to 10 years after first noticing a problem, so we hope the residents of Salisbury will get their hearing tested regularly.

“A full hearing test appointment takes around 1 hour 20 minutes and assesses your ability to detect sounds at a number of different frequencies. Just like a sight test, it’s a simple process that can pinpoint any problems and help you address them.”

Speaking of the move to High Street, she added: “Our new location means we’re right in the heart of Salisbury, so it’s much easier for customers to drop in and see us.

“We look forward to welcoming the people of Salisbury to the branch for a free hearing assessment and helping them to rediscover the joy of good hearing.”